Kosovo: NATIONAL THEATER PRISHTINA
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Ilir Bokshi
Dramaturgy: Shkëlzen Berisha
Stenography: Petrit Bakalli
Costimography: Vesa Kraja
Choreography: Sinan Kajtazi
Music and music adaptation: Shkëlzen Berisha
Performed by: Shkelzen Veseli, Teuta Krasniqi, Driada Matoshi, Adrian Morina, Ard Islami, Ylber Bardhi, Edona Rreshitaj, Lulzim Guhelli, Eshref Durmishi, Besnik Krapi, Armend Ismajli, Armend Baloku, Shpejtim Kastrati, Genta Retkoceri
This is one of the best comedies written by Shakespeare, where he in an authentic and comic manner talks about the craziness of love. Viola and Sebastian, a brother and sister twins, apart from each other when their ship wrecks. Each believes that the other is drowned together with the ship. After the shipwreck, Viola is saved and brought to the Illyrian lands, where she poses as a man named Cesario and is serving the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino is in love with Countess Olivia, who refuses his desire. As an addition to this dramatic farce, Sebastian, Olivia’s brother comes to the scene to express his love to Olivia. The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken identity, and cross-dressing combined with fights, duels and confused situation between the characters. The play ends when the true identity and feelings of the characters are revealed, followed by a happy ending.
Romania: ACT THEATER – BUCHAREST
“GAMES IN THE BACK YARD”
Author: Еdna Mazya
Director: Bobi Pricop
Music/Light/Costumes: Bobi Pricop
Performed by: Ioana Manciu Vlad Pavel, Pavel Ulici, Flotin Hritcu, Cezar Grumazescu
“Games in the backyard” is a play reflecting adolescent psychology. Based on a true story that happened in the 1990s in Israel, the play relates to a trial on rape, where both characters - the victim and the perpetrator are underage persons. The objective of this play is not the drama per se, but it is the mechanism that led to it. The director has prepared a minimum appearance, even too strict, by placing five chairs, minimum gestures and powerful accumulation of details, through which he builds characters in almost cinematographic manner. Actually, the play relates to the cruelty of the world of teenagers where it is as difficult to survive, as in the world of adults.
Romania: ACT THEATER - BUCHAREST
“AMALIA BREATHES DEEPLY”
Author: Alina Nelega
Director: Mariana Camarasan and Alexandra Penciuc
Music/Light/Costumes: Mariana Camarasan and Alexandra Penciuc
Performed by: Cristina Casian
“Amalia breathes deeply” is reflecting the confrontations of a woman with the cruelty of the communist regime and how she manages to survive, although she has not much chance. Against the modern Roman history, Amalia is browsing the catalogue of own losses, starting from her body that she used to sell to soldiers so that she feeds herself and her brother who is a dancer, who eventually abandons her and departs to Paris. The personalities pictured by Amalia in her family stories, as a secondary topic – the situation of women, the relations within relationships, homosexuality – reproduce a powerful picture of inappropriate and terrifying communist regime. Through all these – she sticks to what her mother has taught her – to keep taking deep breath. “Amalia breathes deeply” is a trustworthy epilogue of a past time.
Israel: INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION – TEL AVIV
Based on George Orwell’s novel
Adaptation by: Guy Masterson
Producer and director: Ran Shahaf
Original music: Effi Shoshani
Light: Omer Shezaf
Performed by: Nir Menki
George Orwel’s “Animal farm” is a well-known novel that the actor Nir Mаnki successfully brings to life, by personifying the characters where he jumps from one to another character on the scene. This adaptation truly presents the main idea behind this allegorical text, which used to be a contemporary critique of past regimes, when the fight for freedom of a class led to victory, but it has also established a regime where the initial meaning of this “freedom” was forgotten, as well as the fight for it. However, undoubtedly we may say that this text has proved to be timeless, as a result of certain unchangeable disadvantages of the human character.
Albania: THEATER BYLIS – FIER
“ONE SPOKEN WORD”
Director: Doriana Kaushi
Costumes & set design: Doriana Kaushi
Performed by: Klodiana Keco, Jonida Cunga
Two old friends meet after a long time. One of them is stubborn, and the other one is trying to find out the reason behind the hostile behaviour she receives from her old friend. Then debates, misunderstandings and conflicts follow, because each of them sticks to her own story and sees the things through own perspective only. During the conflict, the two different worlds come to surface, where each of them belongs respectively. One is the world of a pragmatic and a careerist, and the other one of a dreamer and artist, who is happy with less. The author transmits scenes of jealousy, verbal violence, confrontation and physical encounter. The accent is put on the “word” and its power, that is, the potential of a word to destroy years of friendship, but also the possibility for it to regain trust in what is called humanity and love. After all, only through the “word” may we disclose part of human soul.
Bulgaria: DRAMA AND PUPPET THEATER “IVAN RADOEV” – PLEVEN
Author: Nokolaj Koljada
Director: Aleksandra Kardalevska
Stenography and costumes: Zoja Nikolova
Performed by: Iva Nikolova, Marieta Kalpova, Teodora Abrasheva, Marijan Stefanov, Aleksandar Dimitrov
In the play “Chicken” the piece is happening behind the scenes, involving people from the theatre world. In a province theatre, a young actress arrives (the Chicken) and she gets involved in several love triangles. Many say that the author Nikolaj Koljada is the “modern Chekhov”. In the performance as such, many events may be recognised, reminding of his works. In the play, all the characters are in a way torn apart between the great ambitions and the dull everyday life and they dreadfully try to change their lives; give their lives a meaning. Their desires are realistic, but the situations they are in, make them funny and yet tragic.
Finland: MYLLYTEATTERI, - HELSINKI
„DIVINA COMMEDIA 3.0“
Structure based on Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy
Author: Miira Sippola
Director: Miira Sippola
Scenographic designer: Aili Ojalo
Sound designers: Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins
Light designer: Anaísa Guerreiro
Costume designer: Sara Machado da Graca
Performed by: Diana Niepce, André Salvador, Fábio Moreira, Susana Nunes, Nantia Papatheodorou, Ulla Raitio, Tuomas Tulikorpi, Jaakko Kiljunen, Idalotta Backman, Yuko Takeda
The base of this performance is Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, through the triple realms of Hell – Purgatory – Paradise. In Myllyteatteri’s version of Divine Comedy a man receives an invitation from the Child. The man notices that the landscape and people within where the Child is taking him seem familiar. Are they his family? The society? The collective rules? The power of his mind? The journey where he was taken seems to him as it was the most dangerous of his journeys. To escape from the labyrinth, he must die. But the reward that follows is the timeless beauty which we shall all share.
France/Macedonia: L’ESCALIER 4 – PARIS / ITF SKUPI FESTIVAL – SKOPJE
Production created within “European Workshops Authors-Actors”
A performance in which cinema and theatre intermix, conceived and directed by Sandrine Fourlon, filmed by Fabien Hemard, with texts from Jean- Jacques Varoujean.
Author: Jean-Jacques Varoujean
Film director: Fabien Hemard
Theatre director: Sandrine Fourlon
Assistants: Béatrice André
Performed by: Madeleine Bongard, Sylvain Paolini, Ylber Murtezi, Klodjana Keco
Partner: Cinema School ESRA Skopje
The first edition of the “European Workshops Authors & Actors” - a new artistic meetings to develop and establish productions of contemporary theatre works by actors involved in the Europe Theatre - is organised by ITF SkupiFestival, l’escalier4 and ODA Theatre.
This first “European Workshop Authors & Actors” is based on the work of Jean- Jacques Varoujean, French author of Armenian origin.
During this first meeting, 4 actors, as directed by Fabien Hemard (scriptwriter-director, photographer) and Sandrine Fourlon (actress, theatre director), will work to create the Jean-Jacques Varoujean play “À plus... “, and the final result shall be staged on the 6th evening of the 6th edition of ITF SkupiFestival. The performance shall include scenes from the stage performance, and documented excerpts from the work and the workshop for the film.